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6/2 HSD Round-Up 6/2 Round-Up

Meet our newest school board member, HHES Fun Run Raising $29,541, an overview of the 2023 District Visual Arts Show, additional graduation information, and more is in the June 2 edition of the HSD Round-Up.

Dave Olson Reflects on his 18 Years on the HSD School Board Olson

Dave Olson is stepping away from the Hockinson School Board of Directors after 18 years of faithful service as a volunteer community leader. Superintendent Steve Marshall interviewed Olson about his memories as a Board member as well as his hopes for the district moving forward.

Summer Road Work Planned for Hockinson Road work

We want to make sure HSD families are aware of two upcoming projects on 182nd Ave. that will impact local roads in the final weeks of the school year and into the summer.

HSD Book Swap Received over 5,000 Donations 2023 HSD Book Swap Attendees

The Hockinson School District Book Swap has been a cherished annual tradition in our community for over a decade. Students and their families spent the evening of May 6 at Hockinson Heights Elementary School trading in their Book Bucks for preloved literature.

HSD Teachers Take the Cake Pencil

Learn more about these past and present "Fantastic Five" HSD teachers who represent just a slice of the 117 outstanding educators in our district.

Message from the Superintendent Message from the Sup

Message to Hockinson families Superintendent Steve Marshall on Friday, May 12, 2023.

HHES Multicultural Night Hosted 1,000 Attendees HHES Multicultural Night Hosted 1,000 Attendees

The Multicultural Night presented by Hockinson Heights Elementary School held on April 20 was a resounding success. Event organizers welcomed around 1,000 attendees for an evening of activities designed to showcase the traditions, music, art, and cuisines of cultures thriving around the world.

5/3 HSD News Round-Up 5/3 Round-Up

The May 3 edition of the HSD News Round Up is available HERE.  In it, you will find the following articles:

2023 Communications Survey Results Young blonde girl looks at the district newsletter, with district branding and logo on the top header.

This April, families across Hockinson made their voice heard in the 2023 HSD Communications Survey. The survey helps us to prioritize family preferences and set goals for the upcoming school year. Check out what our families had to say!

Olson Steps Down from Board; HSD Seeks District #3 Director Dave Olson Web

Longtime Hockinson School Board member Dave Olson resigned from the Board at the April 24, 2023 Regular Meeting. The HSD is seeking a candidate who resides in District 3 and is willing to carry on Olson's spirit of service and commitment to Hockinson's students.

Volunteers - and Sun! - Come Out for HSD Earth Day Clean Up Student volunteers

Hockinson families and HSD employees teamed up to beautify the HMS and Community Center campuses at the 4th annual Earth Day Clean Up. Thankfully, the weather cooperated.

HSD "By the Numbers" - Spring Edition Number Pound Sign

HSD Superintendent Steve Marshall has compiled another assortment of numbers that illustrate a portion of the exciting things that are going on inside Hockinson Schools. 

Colpron Named HMS Principal Bess

Bess Colpron, current HHES Assistant Principal, has been named Principal of Hockinson Middle School, beginning next fall. Read the announcement of Colpron's hire and her letter of introduction.

April 12 HSD News Round-Up HSD News Round Up

Opportunities for parent input, HSD students demonstrating their environmental and STEM leadership, a clean audit, and more!

4/12 Winter Weather Update Bus

This morning’s spring snowfall created travel challenges for families and we appreciate your patience as we navigate this wintry weather in real time. At this time we do not anticipate an early release of school today. Bus routes 204 and 209 will remain on snow routes this afternoon.

HMS Student Organizes Career Fair to Connect Students with Future Possibilities Graysen Aldridge, Student Organizer of HMS Career Fair

Graysen Aldridge, an 8th grade student at Hockinson Middle School, worked with school counselor Nicole Schneider to organize the Hockinson Middle School Career Fair held on March 13. The pair amassed over 50 professionals within the Hockinson community to present their respective career paths at the fair.

HHS Jazz Band Finishes First at Clackamas Jazz Festival Hockinson High School jazz band members at the Clackamas Jazz Festival.

Hockinson High School’s jazz band competed at the Clackamas Jazz Festival hosted by Clackamas Community College on March 18. Hockinson High School’s jazz band was named the top band in the division by the end of the night. Student musicians Avery Viles and Thilo Kluth (trumpet) were also recognized as outstanding soloists.

HHS Drama Club Students Qualify for International Competition HHS Drama Club Students Qualify for International Competition

Hockinson High School’s Drama Club has been making waves in the theater space after their stellar performance at the Southwest Washington Regional Thespys in January. Most recently, the group wrapped up performances at the Washington State Thespian Conference hosted by Western Washington University on March 17-18.

March 22 HSD News Round-Up Round Up

Hockinson Schools are preparing for parent-teacher conferences, spring break, and a strong finish to the 2022-23 school year! Check out the latest HSD News Round Up to learn about $55,000 in scholarships available to HHS students, levy-funded clubs, activities, and projects, and important end-of-the-year reminders.

HHES Students Shine at Clark County Solar Car Challenge HHES students collecting awards after their stellar performance at the Solar Car Challenge.

Motors have been revving - ok, buzzing - at Hockinson Heights Elementary School as 29 students spent the last few months preparing to compete in the county-wide Solar Car Challenge. This engineering competition, hosted by Clark Public Utilities, was open to all school districts across Clark County. Several of HHES teams finished in second and third place in multiple categories.


2023-24 Staffing Changes Support HSD's Unwavering Focus on Students and Learning staff

Changes in administrative assignments are being made to elevate teaching and learning in Hockinson Schools. 

Middle School CSHE Instruction Set for Week of April 10 Essential Health Book Cover

Comprehensive Sexual Health Education for HMS students grades 6-8 will take place April 10-14. Families have the right to review the HSD-approved textbook and materials and to opt students out of all or part of the sexual health education lessons.

March 6 HSD News Round-Up Hockinson Schools News Round-Up

Read all about it! HSD environmental efforts, Jazzercise generosity, career education, solar cars and more in the March 6 edition of the HSD News Round-Up.

Native Shrub Planting Educates, Inspires HHES Students Students plant native shrubs outdoors.

“This is important because it keeps the water cool, clean and clear.” said Beulah, Hockinson Heights Elementary School student in Ms. Ruestig’s class.

Hockinson's Youth Art Month Celebration Thank you Heather Christian (21-22), Lori-Ann Marano (HMS), Nancy O’Neill-Bratt (HHES), Tanya Hochhalter (HSD), Sonja Einerson (HHES) for fostering creativity within students.

March 1 kicks off the start of Youth Art Month! Let’s take a look at what Ms. O’Neill-Bratt and Ms. Marano’s students have been working on in Hockinson Heights Elementary School and Hockinson Middle School. 

Snow Day 2/24/2023 Snow

School is CANCELLED Friday, February 24, 2023. While road conditions are mostly clear in Hockinson, some area roads present potentially unsafe driving conditions for student and staff travel to our schools. 

HSD's Transitional Kindergarten: A Springboard to Early Learning Teacher assisting students with lesson

Hockinson's Transitional Kindergarten program was featured in the February 22 edition of The Columbian

HHS Future Business Leaders of America Students Qualify for State Competition FBLA team at regional competition (not all pictured)

Fifteen students in Hockinson High School’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter are moving onto the statewide FBLA competition following their stellar performance at the regional level. Students are currently preparing to compete in the Washington FBLA State Business Leadership Conference happening in April. This conference will take place over 4 days, and top performers will be advancing to the national competition.

Feb. 13 HSD New Round Up Round Up

There is a lot to love in the February 13 edition of the HSD News Round-Up.

Hockinson Middle School Students Launch Cafeteria Composting and Recycling Program Students use composting and recycling sorting tables in middle school cafeteria.
HSD Counselors: Caring, Dedicated, and Appreciated NSCAW

February 6-10 is National School Counselor Appreciation Week! 

HSD School Board Feted by Students, Staff Howie Roll

School Board Recognition Month concluded with a procession of gifts and tokens of appreciation at the January Regular Board Meeting.

1/30 News Round Up Round Up

Read all about it! The January 30 edition of the HSD News Round-Up is now available on Smore.

Snow Routes, School Closure Possible for Week of 1/30 Snowflake

With inclement weather in the forecast for next week, there is a possibility that we might need to again call for snow routes or, potentially, closures.

Save the Dates: Fentanyl Awareness Forums Small pile of white, chalky pills.

Clark County School Officials have worked together to organize two Fentanyl Awareness forums in partnership with Clark County Sheriff’s Office and ESD 112. Read more for presentation locations, dates, and times.

Recycling Event Highlights Mission of HHS Environmental Club Group of students outdoors, the environmental club.

Hockinson High School’s Environmental Club members continue to exemplify student leadership by hosting an electronics drive this winter after making local news last spring for their community outreach initiatives. Read more about their exciting projects!

HMS Volleyball-a-thon Builds School Culture, Raises Funds Middle school students play volleyball indoors

HMS students battled in volleyball competitions to raise funds for Parents Working Together (PWT) from 6pm to almost midnight. Congrats to winning student team, Pretty Princess Turtles!

HHS Band Boosters, Helpers Clean Up Hockinson on MLK Day of Service Volunteers

Nearly 40 volunteers honored the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and showed their community pride by participating in the 3rd Annual Hockinson Community Clean Up on Monday, January 16.

1/12 HSD News Round Up HRU

The January 12 edition of the HSD News Round-Up is now available on Smore.

Honoring the Legacy of MLK MLK 23

MLK Day is Monday, January 16. While there is no school on this day, students, staff, and families are invited to participate in the Hockinson Community Clean Up, organized by the Hockinson Band Boosters.

HSD Holiday Message: By the Numbers number

As we approach the holidays and mid-point of the 2022-23 school year, HSD Superintendent Steve Marshall counts the varied ways the Hockinson community has helped to lift our schools and students to new heights!

12/9 HSD News Round Up Round Up

The Dec. 9 edition of the HSD News Round-Up is now available on Smore.

"Happy Holidays!" from Hockinson Schools card

A big Thank You to our staff, parents, and community for helping lift Hockinson's students to new heights this school year!

Celebrate the Holidays with Elfis and HSD Students Elfis

Seasonal performances at all Hockinson Schools, including HHES' Elfis and the Frozen Princess, showcase Hockinson's talented students.

A 'High Five' for the HSD Team: Student Learning Up on '22 SBA Turkey

The HSD is committed to preparing all students for future success.  Our vision fits well with the goal of the Smarter Balanced Assessment, which is to assess the learner's knowledge and critical thinking and problem-solving skills associated with college and career readiness in the 21st Century. 

11/21 HSD News Round Up round up

HSD Families: The Nov. 21 edition of the HSD News Round-Up is now available on Smore.

Tugaw, Sorenson Recognized as HSD Real Heroes split

Every year, Identity Clark County recognizes volunteers and teachers that go above and beyond to make Southwest Washington such a great place to learn. These "Real Heroes" are honored at an annual event, which this year was held at Washington State University-Vancouver.

HSD Schools Step Up Efforts to Keep Kids, Staff Healthy this Winter Hand washing

Health officials expect an elevated cold-flu-COVID-RSV season this winter, so the HSD is taking steps to keep our staff and students healthy.

11/9 HSD Round Up ru

The Nov. 9 edition of the HSD News Round-Up is now available on Smore.

HCC Ballot Box Open Until Nov. 8 & Other Election News Ballot

The ballot box at the Hockinson Community Center will be open until 8 pm on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. Click "Read more" for additional voter information.

HSD Inclement Weather Plans Snowflake

HSD Families: It's time to prepare for colder temperatures and the possibility of late starts and school cancellations due to inclement weather.

Be Sure to Get Out and Vote! Vote Button

Don't forget to vote in the upcoming Nov. 8 General Election! Voters can vote by mail or drop off ballots in the ballot box at the Hockinson Community Center or other locations around Clark County.

HSD Creates New Online Volunteer Application volunteer

Interested in becoming a volunteer in Hockinson Schools? It just got easier!

Parents, Community Invited to Tour HSD Schools Welcome back

Would you like to go back to school...if only for a few hours?  You can. The HSD is hosting a "Focus on Learning" tour that includes visits to all three of its schools as well as the Hockinson Community Center on Tuesday, Oct. 18. 

HHS Band Booster Mattress Fundraiser Mattress Fundraiser

SAVE the DATE! Saturday, October 29! 10:00am - 5pm


HSD Educators Get to Stay Home to Learn on 10/14 State Inservice Day Scrabble

This year, HSD teachers and paraeducators will benefit from professional development opportunities delivered right here in Hockinson. 

OSPI: State Test Scores a Promising Sign of Recovery Students Testing

On Sept. 9, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction released Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) scores from Spring 2022. The SBA performance of Hockinson's students was encouraging and showed strong academic growth compared to Fall 2021.

First Day Photos: A Slideshow Classroom

The first day of school is an exciting experience for everyone. We have put together a small photo gallery of the first day in Hockinson Schools.

Back-to-School Rundown B2S

We want your student’s first day of school to be a positive one! Here is some quick back-to-school info that we hope helps your family get off to a smooth start.

Upward Together: All of Us Moving the HSD Forward - and Up! UT

Elevating our students' school experience and academic success is a big, important task. We invite everyone in the HSD community to join us in lifting our students to new heights.

Spring 2022 COVID Requirements to Remain in Effect for Fall DOH

The CDC and Washington DOH recently updated COVID guidance for schools for Fall 2022. While some requirements were revised, all protocols relating to symptomatic students and staff will remain the same as last spring. 

Upward Together: 2022 HSD Parent Perception Survey improving

The Hockinson School District Parent Perception Survey is open now through Sept. 6! We want to hear from you so we can maintain our areas of strength, make improvements wherever needed, and go Upward Together in 2022-23 and beyond.

HSD Looking for Volunteers to Support Farm-to-School Program Berries

Hockinson community volunteers are invited to pick blueberries this Friday 8/12 - Sun. 8/14. The berries will be used in healthy breakfast and lunch offerings for HSD students during the 2022-23 school year.

Stay Safe around Water this Summer Water Safety

Recent hot weather means our students are spending more time in and around water. We want to share these statistics and reminders with HSD families to help ensure everyone stays safe this summer.

Have a Safe 4th of July - No Fireworks Allowed on HSD Property No Fireworks

Help us keep our campuses safe and clean this holiday by not setting off fireworks in HSD parking lots and fields.

Check It Out: HHES Library Summer Hours Summer Reading

Beginning June 29, the HHES Library will again open every Wednesday for Hockinson's elementary-age students.

HSD School Safety Presentation Safe Schools

The safety of our students and staff is the HSD's highest priority. Click here to view the June 22, 2022 HSD School Safety Presentation slideshow.

Summer Access to HSD Facilities Welcome

Welcome, community members! Click here to see our Summer 2022 community access/use schedules for HSD facilities.

Heads Up: Early Release on Last Day 6/17 Last Day

The final day of the 2021-22 school year is Friday, June 17. All three HSD schools will be running special early-release schedules.

HSD Salutes its "Magnificent Seven" Retirees thank you retirees

Seven longtime HSD employees were recognized at the Tuesday, May 31 School Board Meeting for their 173 cumulative years of service to Hockinson's students and families.

HSD News Round-Up 5/30 Round Up

The May 30, 2022 HSD News Round-Up is now available.

HSD Schools Closed in Honor of Memorial Day memorial day 22

Memorial Day, observed on the last day in May, honors American soldiers who died while serving in the U.S. military. HSD schools are closed on this holiday.

Vaping Prevention Event Aims to Inform Parents, Students vape

The Prevent Together Coalition will be hosting an interactive event for parents and students on June 7 to provide information and awareness about youth vaping and substance use. 

Uvalde, TX Tragedy: Flags Lowered, Letter to Parents Flag

In response to the tragedy in Uvalde, TX, HSD flags will be flown at half-mast and Superintendent Steve Marshall details school safety efforts in a message to the community.

HSD Salutes its School Nurses School Nurses Day

A big thank you to the HSD's nurses who help our students stay healthy, in school, and ready to learn.

Thank You, School Lunch Heroes! School lunch

Friday, May 5 is School Lunch Hero Day. Thank you HSD Nutrition Services Staff for fueling greatness every day!

Fun Days is Back for 2022! Steele

Smiles all around! A Hockinson family tradition returns after a two year hiatus.

Photo courtesy of The Reflector

Updated 2021-22 School Year Calendar Calendar

Last Day of School is June 17th - Early Release - 



Books and Blooms Books and Blooms

Books and Blooms @ Hockinson Community Center

Donate Books May 1-13!

Join Us at the HSD Visual Arts Show HSD art

There is something for everyone and everyone is invited to the annual HSD Visual Art Show in the HHS Commons from 5:30-7:00 pm on Friday, April 29.

HSD News Round-Up 4/18 RU 4-18

The latest edition of the Hockinson News Round-Up is now available!

COVID Vaccine Not Required for HSD, WA Students Next Fall No Vaccine

On April 13, the Washington State Board of Health voted not to require that Washington's students be vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2022-23 school year.

Spring Break April 4-8 Spring Break

HSD Schools are closed Mon 4/4 - Fri 4/8. Classes resume 4/11. We hope all HSD families have a fun & safe Spring Break!

Spring Scholastic Book Fair Now Open Scholastic

Starting on March 28, stop by the Scholastic Book Fair to put books in the hands of your student!

HSD News Round Up 3/28 Round Up

Read all about it! The latest HSD Round Up is now available.

CALENDARS - Updated 2021-2022 & Approved 2022-2023 Calendar

At the February 28, 2022 School Board Meeting the Board approved the revision of the 2021-22 school year calendar. 

Thank you, HSD Classified Staff! CAW

March 7-11, 2022 is Classified Employee Appreciation Week, an opportunity for everyone to salute the positive difference these professionals make in our schools every day.

HSD Cares for All Compassion

The HSD School Board wants everyone in Hockinson Schools, in particular our students, to know that they are supported during the upsetting international events of the past few days.

State Sets NEW Date for Mask Rollback Update

This morning, Governor Inslee announced that our state’s indoor mask mandate will be lifted on Saturday, March 12 and in schools effective Monday, March 14.

Inclement AM Weather Leads to School Closure, Calendar Change Snowflake

This morning's snowfall impacted school and evening events today and will result in a make-up school day.

Spirit Week Spirit Week

Our next HMS School Spirit Week is Feb. 14 - 17. Here are our Spirit Days:

Monday, February 14: Valentine Color War (sixth grade wear pink, seventh grade wear white, eighth grade wear red)

Tuesday, February 15: Crazy Hair Day

Wednesday, February 16: Mismatch Day

Thursday, February 17: Country v. Fancy (wear country themes or dress up clothes)

There is no school on Friday, February 18 due to the Presidents' Day holiday.

HSD COVID Updates Update

HSD COVID News and Updates

HSD to Update Districts Following Census HSD Redistrict

Following every federal 10-year census, school districts in the State of Washington are required to undergo a redistricting process to update and equalize populations in their board-represented districts.

Virtual Levy Information Night Jan. 18 @ 6:30 pm High School

Virtual Levy Information Night

Tuesday, Jan. 18 @ 6:30 pm

Contact Julie Paso at 360.448.6416 for limited in-person seating.

Click here to access webinar. Submit levy questions (advance or real-time) here.


Important: DOH Tightens Up School Health Protocols Stay Healthy

COVID infections have increased dramatically over the holidays, leading to more stringent school health safety protocols that take effect Monday, January 3.

Generosity, Teamwork Fuel Record-Breaking HMS Food Drive HMS Food Drive

The HMS school community teamed up to make the 2021 canned food drive its most successful in school history. 

COVID Testing Opens to Hockinson Community Test

Beginning Monday, Dec. 20 our COVID testing service is expanding to serve all Hockinson residents on a limited basis.

FirstView Bus App Now Available to HSD Parents App

The FirstView bus tracking app can now be downloaded by HSD parents. Read on for additional information.

HMS Food Drive Food Drive

Thank you to the many HMS families who have already contributed canned food to our HMS Holiday Food Drive! Our food drive continues through December 16. We are working hard to surpass our 2019 total of 5,000 food items donated. Our HomeBase classes have been enjoying the friendly competition and are excited to be making a positive contribution to our community!

HSD School Board Approves Levy Resolution Levy Cartoon

At its 11/29 Regular Meeting, the Hockinson School Board approved an Educational Programs & Operations Levy for the Feb. 8, 2022 ballot.

Thank You HSD School Psychologists! NSPW

Nov. 8-12, 2021 is National School Psychology Week and we want to take this opportunity to thank our amazing School Psychologists: Deana Kahn, Stef Anderson, and intern Rebekah Sauvola. 

One can! Two can! Who can? You can! Hawks Help Hunger HHS Food Drive

The annual HHS Canned Food Drive kicks off on November 9. Please donate to help Hockinson's families-in-need. 

November is Native American Heritage Month NA month

Native American Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate the diverse cultures, traditions and histories and important contributions of Native Americans in our region and country.

It’s Raise Craze time!  raise craze

Help the Hockinson PWT support HMS and your family to make the middle school experience a positive one for our students. 

WA Teachers' Vaccination Rate Nearly 90% COVID Teacher

OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal: "Our K–12 workforce really stepped up in a way that further protects themselves, their students, colleagues, families, and their communities at large."

HSD Shares Preview of Health Protocols for Winter Sports Bball

The Fall Sports season is drawing to a close and we wanted to make the HSD community aware of the safety protocols for the upcoming Winter Sports season.

HSD Offers At-Home COVID Tests for Pickup Testing

Starting Monday, June 27 HSD staff and community members can pick up free, at home COVID tests at our district office. 

Spirit Week Spirit Week
Next week is our first school spirit week! Our student-selected spirit days are: Monday - Pajama Day Tuesday - Twin Day Wednesday - Costume Day (see costume guidance below) Thursday - Pink Out Friday - Color War - students wear their class color (6th - red, 7th - yellow, 8th - green) We are excited to see our students (and staff) show their school spirit!
Fall Band Concert Band

This Thursday, October 21, students in the sixth grade, seventh grade, and eighth grade bands will have a Fall concert. The sixth grade band will perform at 6:30 p.m., the seventh grade band will perform at 7 p.m., and the eighth grade band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Student performers should wear black and white concert attire. (Please note that the beginning sixth grade band will perform at a later date.)

We will have limited seating available for families and guests. Each guest will need to wear a mask and families should sit six feet apart in the bleachers. Doors will open for families and guests approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of each concert. We ask that each family only attend the concert where their child is performing, so that there is room for family members at each concert. 

Thank you to Mrs. Ritenburgh and the band for their hard work in making this exciting event happen!


Healthy Youth Survey 2021 Survey

This fall, Hockinson Middle and High School are participating in the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey. This survey provides important information on a range of student behaviors. Read on for more information.

Responding to Bullying at School Stronger

On Wednesday, Sept. 29 a message was sent out to the HMS community regarding the school's comprehensive response to recent acts of bullying. Because this issue is relevant to all schools, it is being shared with all HSD families. 

Public Access to HSD Campuses Limited During School Year hhs campus

For student and staff safety, HSD campuses are closed to the public while school is in session. Community use is welcome prior to 8 am and, if available, after 4 pm.

HSD Schools Enter a New ERA of Teaching & Learning ERA

Hockinson Schools are aligning around three primary facets of its teacher evaluation model to increase student learning and achievement.

Meet the HSD's New COVID Compliance Manager Welcome

Welcome Caleb Millay, who has joined the HSD as its COVID Compliance Health Safety Manager. Click "Read More" to find out how Caleb will be serving HSD students this year.  

Back to School Information Back to School

A quick parent reference guide for the 2021-22 school year was emailed out to HSD Families on Aug. 11. and a Family Newsletter was emailed on Aug. 13. Click read more to access these documents.

Families, Farm Team Up to Bring Local Food to HSD Schools Blueberry

On Monday, August 9th, student, parent, and HSD volunteers picked blueberries in support of a farm-to-school initiative to use more fresh and local food items in its school breakfast and lunch program.

DOH requires masks in WA schools in Fall Student in Mask

On July 28, 2021 the Washington Department of Health issued a requirement that masks be worn in all schools in the state to begin the 2021-22 school year.

Robots Bring Fun, Learning to HSD Students Robotics

On July 21 Hockinson students learned about what it takes to design and build robots. They also got acquainted with FIRST Robotics Team 2471 - a cooperative program for students in the Hockinson, Washougal, and Camas School Districts.

DOH Announces Summer Mask Guidelines Summer21

Masks continue to be required inside all HSD Buildings post-June 30.

End of COVID-Focused Year Also Brings Principal Changes thank you and good luck

June 16 will not only be the last day of school for our students at HMS and HHS, it will also be the last for Principals Brian Lehner and Andy Schoonover.

Summer Sun & Learning Fun Summer Learning

The Hockinson School District is excited to announce a number of opportunities for our students to keep learning this summer! We are still finalizing the details on our HSD-based programs, but you can count on additional details being sent out soon...

Community Access @ HSD Schools Track

We want our community to use our facilities. But to ensure staff and student safety, that use needs to happen after hours and on weekends; school campuses are closed to the public while school and school sports/activities are in session. This includes the tracks at HMS and HHS.  Through June 4, our community is welcome to use our facilities prior to 8:30 am and after 5:30 pm. Starting Monday, June 7 our campuses will be accessible at 4:30 pm.

Memorial Day 2021 Mem Day 2021

This Monday, May 31 is Memorial Day, a national holiday to salute the men and women of the U.S. armed forces who lost their lives serving our country. HSD schools are closed in observance of this holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, June 1.

HSD Board Votes to Continue In-Person Learning In Person Reopen

At its May 3 Special Meeting, the Hockinson School Board reviewed guidelines and data before voting to continue with the HSD's current learning model of 5 full days of learning at HHES and 4 full days at HMS and HHS.

Conference Week Schedule Early release

Conference week:  March 29th - April 2nd

Healthy Hornets Series Healthy Hornets Series

See what Hockinson MS is doing to keep students, families, teachers, staff, and the community safe!

HMS Cross Country Cross country running shoe

HMS Cross Country Running starts February 16th!

Hockinson Community Canned Food Drive Canned food drive

Please join us in supporting our community by donating to the Hockinson Community Canned Food Drive!

Pumpkin Decorating Contest Decorated pumpkins

Everyone's invited to join the HSD Pumpkin Decorating Contest! 

New Office Hours & Wi-Fi Cafe Move New Hours

Due to enrollment and staffing reductions, the HSD will be revising its main office hours and Wi-Fi Cafe location.


HMS Library Online Checkout! Library checkout

Great news...HMS Library is open for online book checkout!

Zoom Open House Zoom Open House

Please join us for our 2020-21 Open House!

Update: HSD 2020-2021 Food Service Program school-lunch

UPDATE: On October 9, the HSD was informed that we can continue to provide free meals to all students through the USDA Summer Food Service Program for the entire 2020-2021 school year.

HSD '20-'21Device Pickup Information child-laptop

Student device distribution will be handled at one central location this year at the HSD district office, utilizing the HMS staff parking and bus lane.

Reopening task force to convene this week back to school

The HSD Reopening Schools Task Force meets for the first time this week. The group's goal is to provide direction for the resumption of school.

New office hours, end-of-year events announced clock

Look here for updated office hours in the school district as well as a summary of end of the year events.

Hockinson schools earn state recognition SBE recognition

The State Board of Education (SBE) has recognized two Hockinson schools for demonstrating growth and supporting students.

District celebrates HSD food service staff lunch heroes

On Friday, May 1, 2020, Hockinson School District joined the nation in celebrating National School Lunch Hero Day.

New guidelines related to grading announced (FAQ) test

New guidelines related to grading practices during the emergency school closure are now available for students and families.

Schools closed for rest of 19-20 school year Inslee

The latest information from the district following the Governor's decision to close schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

At-home learning launches in district (updated) Remote learning

District staff has been working together to coordinate the roll-out of at-home learning and expectations relating to virtual parent-teacher conferences and more.

Doing your part: Stay home, stay healthy Social distancing

The sooner we hunker down, the sooner we can get through this together.

Coronavirus school closure: Updates & information COVID-19

Find school closure updates, frequently asked questions and coronavirus information and resources here.

Field trips, large events canceled Coronavirus update

To adhere to "social distancing" practices, the district is canceling some events including school field trips.

Custodial staff steps up cleaning efforts cleaning

Learn about the preventative action being taken by Hockinson School District’s custodial staff in response to the coronavirus.

Battle of the Books! Battle of the Books

Come join us to watch the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teams compete in Battle of the Books!

Incoming 9th Graders Forecasting Night High School just  ahead street sign

8th graders, please join us for 9th grade forecasting at HHS!

Student safety top-of-mind when icy weather looms KPTV Image of School bus

From school closures to delays, winter weather has a way of keeping school districts on their toes. KPTV Fox 12 stopped by the District this week to learn how the decision-making process unfolds.

Gearing up for winter weather (FAQs) snowman and kids

With subfreezing temperatures in the forecast, we’d like to take a moment to answer a few questions about our inclement weather procedures.

Students invited to attend Dental Health Day event Dental health day

Students can get free dental work on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Clark College’s Firstenburg Dental Hygiene Clinic in Vancouver.

Grant brings special edition books to HMS Library Library books

Thanks to a state grant, the library at Hockinson Middle School now boasts an impressive collection of large print edition books.

Hockinson students honor Veterans HHES Assembly

Hockinson School District celebrated those who have served our country by holding Veterans Day assemblies at its three schools.

Students celebrate Disability Awareness Month disability board

Ongoing activities are offering students enrolled in Hockinson's Special Education program the chance to build new skills.

Safety Tips for National School Bus Safety Week school bus

10 things students can do to help make their bus driver’s job a bit easier.

Battle of the Books Battle of the Books

Learn how you can support Battle of the Books!

Literacy Fundraising Meeting Librarian with books

Please join us to see how you can help support our literacy program.

Fall Scholastic Book Fair Book Fair

Hockinson PWT would like to invite you to the Fall Scholastic Book Fair held in the Hockinson Elementary Library during Conference Week.

Picture Retake Day Photo retake day

Picture retake day is coming up!

A Day In The Life Of A 6th Grader Team 6th grade

Come experience a day in the life of a 6th grader on Thursday, September 19th!

Applications open for free/reduced meal programs School lunch image courtesy OSPI

Eligible families interested in free and reduced-price meal programs at school are now able to apply for participation at any time during the year.

Homework Club Homework Club

Need a quiet place to do homework?  A little extra support in one of your classes?  A place to meet with a classmate to work on your group project?  If so, then Homework Club is for you!

Video: Soccer team dedicates season to Camas boy Camden with players

The women’s soccer team at HHS has dedicated their season to a Camas boy who was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. KPTV Fox 12 visited the team to help tell the story.

Hockinson schools commemorate 9/11 9/11 flags

On Wednesday, Hockinson School District marked the 18th anniversary of 9/11 with moments of silence and reflection, stories of bravery and grief, and conversations between teachers and students.

A great start to the school year First day

With the new school year is officially underway, we thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite images from the first day of school.

Back to School Welcome back

Welcome back to school! We are excited to start the new school year with you! Use this helpful list of resources for all of your back to school needs.

All Student Orientation Day Orientation Day

All Student Orientation Day is being held on August 21st...

Bus Route bus

A list of school bus routes for the 2019-2020 school year.


Equestrian team recognized at state HHS equestrian team

Congratulations to HHS’s Equestrian Team! They received the state championship Medium School Team Trophy this spring for earning the most points among all medium-size teams.

Congratulations, Class of 2019! HHS's graduating class of 2019 in robes and mortarboards

Hockinson is proud of our Hawks and happy to share some fun facts about our new graduates!

36% are honor students (GPA of 3.5 or higher)
16% earned the State of Washington Honors Award
16% are members of the National Honor Society
11% also received their Associate of Arts degree

Summer meals available for kids, teens Free summer meals

Meals are available during the summer for kids and teens ages 18 and under through the Summer Food Service Program.

Fall Sports Information Fall leaves for Fall sports

Interested in Cross Country or Volleyball?  Make sure you're prepared and ready to go by the end of the summer.

8th Grade Promotion 8th grade promotion

Please join us June 17th to celebrate our 8th graders!

Come say farewell to Superintendent Yager Sandra Yager

The Hockinson School Board invites you to join them in wishing Superintendent Sandra Yager well at a party Monday, June 10!

District art show to be held May 10 Landscape by an HMS student

The Annual Hockinson School District Visual Arts Show is this Friday -- May 10 -- from 5:30 to 7 p.m in the HHS Commons. Come and celebrate the artistic achievements of our talented student artists.

This art show is open to students, families and our community. Please join us for an evening of amazing artwork and delicious refreshments!

Thank you, Hockinson voters— the Programs and Operations Levy is certified! Hockinson students hold a sign that says, "Thank you, Hockinson voters!"

Clark County certified Hockinson’s vote Friday, May 3, with this final tally:

  • The Replacement School Programs and Operations Levy passed 52.25% to 47.75%.
  • The Capital Levy for Technology and School Improvements failed 50.92% to 49.08%.
Music brings generations together at Elementary School Music runs in this family!

Multiple generations, ages 11 to 90, made beautiful music together Tuesday -- including a Hockinson fifth grader and his great-grandma!

Thank you, Hockinson! Students hold a sign that says, "Thank you, voters!"

The School Programs and Operations Levy is passing with 52.01 percent of the vote! Final certification will be May 3. 

HHS bands win multiple awards at Columbia Basin HHS band members and director Corey McEnry hold trophies at Columbia Basin College

Our HHS musicians had a stellar weekend at the 2019 Columbia Basin College Band Festival.

The HHS Jazz Band placed in the top three bands, regardless of school size, and took first in the AA division.


HHES team reaches for the … sun! HHES Solar Solvers team displays their trophy

Congratulations to Hockinson Heights’ Solar Solvers—they received the “Solar Car All Star” award for elementary schools at the 2019 Solar Car Challenge!

The Solar Solvers are a team of three fifth-grade students—among 40 Hockinson fourth and fifth graders and 160 teams from Southwest Washington competing in the event at Hudson Bay High School.

Levy Information Night PowerPoints available online HSD and Clark County PowerPoint covers

Thank you to everyone who gathered for Levy Information Night on April 9! Superintendent Sandra Yager and Clark County Assessor Peter Van Nortwick each presented, and their PowerPoint presentations are now available on the Levy Information webpage.

April 9 is Levy Information Night levy info image

Please join us April 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. for a special Levy Information Night at Hockinson High School. HSD Superintendent Sandra Yager and County Assessor Peter Van Nortwick will be presenting. Get your questions about levies, property taxes and Hockinson schools answered by the experts!

Updated levy information is here! Collage of photos featuring students and staff engaged in special education, safety, transportation, athletics, arts & music and technology

On April 23, 2019, Hockinson voters will decide whether to approve two School District levies.

One is a partial replacement of an existing levy. The other is a new levy, similar to ones from 2009 to 2016.

Please take a few moments to learn about these requests on our Levy Information page.

2019-20 calendar updated Calendar and vase of flowers on a desk

Planning ahead for the 2019-20 school year? Our year-at-a-glance calendar has been updated with spring break dates!

HHS art students win regional awards Into the Light

HHS student artists Rachel Edmonds and Samantha Hills were presented with awards March 19 at the Southwest Washington Regional High School Art Show.

“Rumors” has it: HHS Theatre Co. wins big! HHS Theatre Co. poses in Ellensburg

The HHS Theatre Co. brought home its first performance trophy—Excellence in Performance—from the Washington State Thespian Festival!

The cast of HHS's spring play, Neil Simon’s “Rumors,” performed Act 1 in front of the largest audience of the entire weekend and received “superior” scores in 4 of 5 categories: acting transitions, characterization, movement/staging and execution.

Parent-Student-Teacher Spring Conference Week Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Student-Teacher Fall Conference Week is March 25-29 2019.

In Battle of the Books, everybody wins Battle of the Books

The gymnasium erupted in cheers again and again as three teams—the Chinchillas, the Picky Readers and the Kabakes—vied for the opportunity to face off against a team of staff members.

Hockinson selects new superintendent Steve Marshall

The Hockinson School District Board of Directors has selected Steve Marshall to be the district’s new superintendent.

Hockinson board addresses levy request Hockinson logo

Greetings from the School Board.

On Feb. 19 our Board held a special meeting to approve two levy resolutions for the April 23 election ballot. One is a partial replacement levy, and the other is a new capital levy. The amounts we requested are the same as the levies that failed to achieve the 50 percent margin needed to pass in the Feb. 12 election.

Our district’s needs have not changed since February. The partial replacement levy is needed because the state does not fully cover basic educational costs, which include a portion of employee salaries and benefits, as well as most of our extra-curricular programs, which have always been funded by local levy dollars. 

HMS Band and Choir Boosters Fundraiser Pancakes

Join us at Applebee's for a pancake fundraiser!

HHS student artwork is at the Regional Art Show! Camryn Thelen's Rainbow Crappie

Eleven HHS students have artwork competing in the 2019 Southwest Washington Regional High School Art Show.

The creations by ...

Hockinson board approves levy request for April ballot school bus

The Hockinson School Board approved two levy resolutions for the April 23 election ballot during its Feb. 19 special meeting. One is a partial replacement levy, and the other is a new capital levy.

The requests are identical to the ones that received 47.46 percent and 46.06 percent “yes” votes, respectively, in the Feb. 12 election. They needed 50 percent plus one vote to pass.

Hockinson to interview four candidates for superintendent Superintendent search

The Hockinson School Board has selected four candidates from other western Washington school districts to interview for the position of superintendent. The candidates are:

HSD invites public to engage in superintendent search process Superintendent search

HSD is hosting a community forum Monday, March 4, where district residents may participate in the process of selecting the district’s next superintendent. 

No school on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 Mt. Rushmore

There will be no school in Hockinson tomorrow -- Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. 


HSD levies failing Voter selecting between "yes" and "no"

Preliminary results from the Feb. 12, 2019, special election have been released, and it appears Hockinson is the only school district in the state not to pass its levies.





2018-19 school calendar updated updated June 2019 calendar

Due to our snow day Feb. 5, one day has been added to the end of the school year. The last day of school is now scheduled to be Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Please click here for an updated one-page school calendar.

Weekend weather closures snowflake

Due to predicted inclement weather, Community Education classes, use of district facilities and many events are canceled for Saturday, Feb. 9, and Sunday, Feb. 10.

2019-20 calendar is online Calendar and vase of flowers on a desk

Planning ahead? Our 2019-20 calendar is available on our new consolidated calendar page! Please note: Some dates are still to be determined. 


2019 assessment, tax info is available online Hockinson's levies help fund many programs and staff

Hockinson School District encourages our voters to be informed. See how much you will pay in 2019 taxes and how it compares to past years on the Clark County Property Information Center website: https://gis.clark.wa.gov/gishome/property/index.cfm

HHS, HMS musicians score at Jazz Festival Band director Corey McEnry and several jazz band members show first place trophy.

Hockinson students showed their musical chops at the Clark College Jazz Festival with group and individual wins last weekend.

Governor recognizes HSD for scholarship sign-up rate students toss mortarboards into the air

Hockinson School District earned a Gold Star Award and was recognized by Gov. Jay Inslee for signing up more than 70 percent of students who are eligible for the College Bound Scholarship. 

Thank you for your input! Superintendent search

Thank you to all of the staff and Hockinson community members who took part in the recent focus groups and survey providing input on Hockinson's search for its next superintendent.

Facilities team does much with little Eirik Huset and the desk he built from repurposed wood

Local levy funding helps pay for instructional technology, building repairs and improvements, and Hockinson carefully stewards its funds.

Levy-funded activities: more than just fun and games HHS students benefit from a variety of activities

Research shows that involvement in school activities promotes greater academic achievement for every type of learner. Local levy funding pays for academic, fine art and athletic extracurricular activities -- programming not considered "basic education" and therefore not funded by the state. 


National Geographic Bee National Geographic Bee

GeoBee is coming to HMS on Friday, January, 18!

Community Forum to kick off superintendent search Jan. 14 Superintendent search

Hockinson community members are invited to participate in a community forum Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

HMS students spread holiday cheer HMS students create chew toys for pets during Community Service Day

Hockinson Middle School ended the week with an outpouring of holiday cheer … and food and blankets and chew toys and ornaments … during its first-ever Community Service Day on Friday, Dec. 14.

Schools levy request goes to voters Hockinson logo

The Hockinson School Board of Direc­tors has approved two requests that will go before the community on the Feb. 12, 2019, ballot. They are a Replacement School Programs & Operations Levy and a new Capital Levy for Technology & School Improvements.

HHS presents “Fiddler on the Roof" HHS cast of "Fiddler on the Roof"

The Hockinson High School Theatre Company is presenting audience favorite “Fiddler on the Roof” Nov. 29-30, and Dec. 6-8.

Message from Superintendent Sandra Yager Hockinson logo

Dear Hockinson Families,

I am writing to let you know that I have accepted the position of superintendent of Cornerstone Christian Academy, beginning in July 2019. My resignation will go before the Board of Directors at this evening’s special meeting (Nov. 7). I have asked that it be effective July 1, 2019.

Battle of the Books Battle of the Books

Welcome to Battle of the Books! Read more for Who, What, When, Where, and Why...

Veterans Day Celebration Thank you, Veterans

You are invited to Hockinson Middle School's Veterans Day Assembly on November 9th from 9:40 - 11:30.

Student-athletes make their mark girls cross-country district champions

The Hawks are student-athletes, making their mark in the classroom as well as on the field, in the pool and on the trail.

The girls swimming and cross-country teams have both been named Academic State Champions for the 2018-19 fall sports season—achieving the highest grade-point average among all Washington high schools in their enrollment classification.

Candy for Operation Gratitude Operation Gratitude

We are having our 1st HomeBase competition in November. We will be collecting left over Halloween candy and toiletries from November 1st through November 9th. The candy will be sent to Operation Gratitude to California and the toiletries will be donated to the VA center in Battle ground.

Fall Scholastic Book Fair Scholastic Book Fair

Come find books for all ages at the District Wide Fall Scholastic Book Fair!


HHS senior earns perfect ACT score Lexie Stucki at HHS

Lexie Stucki shows that practice can, indeed, make perfect.

The HHS senior scored a perfect 36 on her ACT test. She’s among fewer than 0.2 percent of test-takers scoring that high on the college entrance exam in 2018.

“I was pretty sure I did well, but did not think it’d be that good,” she said.

Lexie had taken the ACT once before and then bought a program that analyzed her previous score and guided her in areas where she could improve. She spent about 50 hours over the summer studying and working on practice problems.

Although she said she wouldn’t describe the process as “fun,” the new score has inspired her to expand the list of four-year universities she’s applying to. Her goal is to focus on math or science.

“She’s a motivated student who wants to do well and always wants to challenge herself,” said HHS guidance counselor Myke Pace. “Lexie is a well-rounded kid who’ll go on to be successful in whatever she does.”

Lexie plays clarinet in band and marching band—which she describes as “a big, happy family”—and participates in soccer, National Honor Society and Key Club.

What advice does she have for other students preparing to take the ACT?

“Find enough time to study, so you don’t have to cram it all in at the end.”

HHS girls soccer dedicates season, wins league title Soccer team members hold Warriors for Wyatt signs

When the HHS girls soccer team beat R.A. Long Oct. 18 for the league title, it was more than a win for the team. It was also a win for Wyatt.

The team has dedicated its season to Wyatt Draper, a 5-year-old from Ridgefield who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

“Now that we have that emotional connection to him, it makes it a lot more special to play and to win,” said soccer team captain Brooke Grosz.

Wyatt is the son of Tyler and Sara Draper, who went to school with HHS soccer coach Joe Chicks in Ridgefield.

“I thought it would be a good way to get our girls involved in something bigger than sports and giving back,” Chicks said. “Some things are more important than just soccer. This puts things in perspective.”

When the team warms up before matches, they wear “Warriors for Wyatt” T-shirts. Before each game begins, they say, “Let’s play for Wyatt.”

“We play for each other, we play for our community—but we also play for Wyatt,” said Brooke, who is a junior.

Technically, the team has one league game left, Oct. 23 against Woodland. But even if they lose, HHS will retain its No. 1 ranking in the 2A Greater St. Helens League.

“They’re a really talented group of players,” Chicks said, “but I think a big part of their success is they’re willing to put the team above themselves. When you’ve got the talent and the right attitude, it makes for a special season.”    

HMS Fall Band Concert Band Concert

Middle School Fall Concert Thursday, October 18th!

Emergency Alert System to ring cell phones Oct. 3 CORRECTION: image of smartphone with alert

TIME CORRECTION: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is scheduled to test the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) at 11:18 a.m. Oct. 3, 2018.

The test is intended to assess the operational readiness of infrastructure for distribution of a national message and will be sent to cell phones connected to wireless providers participating in WEA.

For more information, please see the FEMA website.

2019 Graduation Day moved to June 13 graduation scene

The Hockinson School Board voted Monday, Sept. 24, to move Graduation Day for HHS's Class of 2019 to Thursday, June 13.


HSD offers smartphone app Image of a smartphone

There's an app for that! Hockinson School District's smartphone app is available, and here's how to get it:

Visit your app store and search for "SchoolPointe Stay Connected." 
Download the Schoolpointe app. 
Select Hockinson School District.

HSD will become your default app, and you will have the latest district news, events, staff directory, notifications and more -- all on your smartphone!

Middle School wins design award Hockinson Middle School

Hockinson Middle School and architect DOWA-IBI Group have received an award for Outstanding Design! 

The HMS project will be included in the 2018 American School & University Architectural Portfolio, which is scheduled to be published in late November, and will be among projects included in an online database at SchoolDesigns.com.

School year calendar update 2018-19 school year calendar

The latest version of Hockinson's 2018-19 calendar is available in the Quick Links in the top righthand corner of the district homepage.

Welcome back, students! HMS students play a circle game

We're so excited to have our students back in class! Check out our back-to-school photos at: www.hocksd.org/Gallery

Welcome back to school! Pencils, sharpener, notebook

We are excited to welcome our Hockinson students back to school tomorrow—Tuesday, Sept. 4—and kindergartners on Friday, Sept. 7! More ...

Hockinson district, teachers union achieve tentative agreement typewriter

Hockinson School District and Hockinson Education Association negotiators reached a tentative agreement Sunday night on a two-year contract for certificated staff.

Details of the agreement will be released pending ratification by the teachers union, which is meeting at noon Monday, Sept. 3.

School is tentatively scheduled to begin Tuesday, Sept. 4. The district will send an update Monday.

“We appreciate our community’s patience during these negotiations and their enthusiastic support for education in Hockinson,” said Superintendent Sandra Yager. “We are eager to welcome our staff and students back to school and to embark on another exciting school year.”

Labor relations update 9/1/18 typewriter

The negotiating teams are not meeting today but are scheduled to return to negotiations tomorrow—Sunday, Sept. 2. We apologize for the multiple messages but will continue to do our best to keep our community updated during this process. Our next update will be on Sunday.

Message from the School Board 8/31/18 Hockinson logo

Dear Community Members:

Greetings from your Hockinson School Board.

Our school district’s work stoppage has been a challenging time for our community, staff and particularly for our families with school-age children. We appreciate your sacrifices and your patience.

We have been keeping in close contact with Superintendent Yager throughout this negotiation and mediation process, providing her with support and encouragement as she and her staff work toward a prompt, affordable and sustainable solution.

We truly value each of our employees, and want to find resolution within the constraints of the district’s budget. Our goal is to get our teachers, classified staff and students back to school as soon as possible.


Kathy Nordberg, Chair

Dave Olson, Vice Chair

Gordon Smith, Director

Greg Gospe, Director

Steve Nylund, Director

Labor Relations Update 8/31/18 8:30 p.m. typewriter

Hello, Hockinson Families --

The district and teachers union bargaining teams are still at the table negotiating, working toward an agreement.

We will be in touch again tomorrow, Saturday, with a negotiations update.

Thank you for your patience. 

For additional details about the process, please see our Labor Relations web page. If you have questions that have not been answered, please email districtcommunication@hocksd.org.

Hockinson School District

Road work Friday, Aug. 31 road work sign

Road work is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 31, at the corner of NE 159th Street and 182nd Avenue. Please use caution.

Labor relations update 8/30/18 -- 4:00 p.m. typewriter

Hello, Hockinson Families --

We continue to make progress in negotiations.

The Hockinson School District and Hockinson Education Association (HEA) have yet to reach a tentative agreement.

This means that HEA, which represents our teachers, will continue its work stoppage, and there will be no school tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 31.

School offices remain closed, and the District Office will be open regular hours.

The district and union bargaining teams will continue negotiating, and we will keep you posted as we work toward an agreement.

Our goal remains unchanged: to provide a competitive salary that is affordable and sustainable, both for our school district and for our community.

The district will continue providing updates on its Labor Relations web page and its hotline at 360-448-6401.

If you have questions that have not been answered, please email districtcommunication@hocksd.org.

Hockinson School District

Labor relations update 8/30/18 -- 9:45 a.m. typewriter

Good morning, Hockinson community --

The negotiating teams are meeting with the state mediator again this morning after a one-day break, and everyone is working hard to reach agreement.

The district will send an email, text and voice call by 5 p.m. today—and earlier if possible—informing everyone whether school will start tomorrow.

The district appreciates the hard work of the negotiating teams and extends its thanks to the district’s entire staff, and students and families for their patience at this difficult time.

Updates will continue to be posted on the District’s Labor Relations webpage and on the hotline at 360-448-6401.

Labor Relations Update 8/29/18 typewriter

Mediation to resume Thursday, Aug. 30.

The Hockinson School District and Hockinson Education Association negotiating teams will be meeting Thursday to continue working toward a contract agreement. 

HSD will use the same notification process we used Tuesday, Aug. 28, to notify our families about whether there will be school the following day -- robocall, email and text messaging. We will share this information as soon as it is available.

The document linked below offers answers to many questions from our community, including questions about the current work stoppage. We also have added an article from WSSDA on 2018-19 school district budgets and collective bargaining. 

Hockinson School District Labor Relations Q & A


Letter to Hockinson families 8/28/18 Hockinson logo

Dear Hockinson Families:

I am writing to let you know that even though we have made progress over the past couple of days, the Hockinson School District and Hockinson Education Association (HEA) were unable to reach a tentative agreement today. This means that HEA, which represents our teachers, will begin a two-day work stoppage tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Labor relations update 8/28/18-11 a.m. typewriter

The negotiating teams are back to mediation after working until 2 this morning. Both the district and teachers union are committed to working hard today in an effort to reach agreement.

With the first day of school scheduled to begin less than 24 hours from now, we understand that families need to finalize their plans for Wednesday.


Labor relations update 8/27/18 typewriter

Negotiating teams for Hockinson School District and the Hockinson Education Association (HEA) are working into the night with a mediator from the state Public Employees Resource Commission (PERC).

They engaged in mediation Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, from 9 a.m. until midnight. Negotiations resumed at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27. The District is willing to stay at the table for as long as it takes to reach a tentative agreement on a new contract. HSD is striving to provide its staff with competitive compensation while ensuring contracts are affordable and sustainable for the District.

Labor relations update 8/26/18 typewriter

The updated document linked below provides answers to many questions regarding labor negotiations.

Hockinson School District Labor Relations Q&A

If you have a question that has not been answered, please send it to districtcommunication@hocksd.org

Click here to visit the Labor Relations webpage.

Letter to Hockinson Families 8/25/2018 Hockinson logo

Dear Hockinson Families:

As you are probably well aware, Hockinson School District is negotiating a new contract with the Hockinson Education Association (HEA), which represents teachers, counselors and other education professionals.

Labor Relations Update 8/22/18 typewriter

The document linked below is an analysis of guidance sent to districts today, Aug. 22, 2018, by state schools Superintendent Chris Reykdal.

State schools superintendent cautions negotiating districts

Letter to the Hockinson community 8/21/2018 Hockinson logo

Dear Hockinson Community:

I hope you have been enjoying a good summer. We are eagerly anticipating getting our students back on our campuses for the start of the 2018-19 school year.

As you have likely heard, we are still negotiating contracts with our staff. As of Aug. 21, 2018, the district and Hockinson Education Association (HEA)—teacher union—have negotiated tentative agreements for 23 changes requested by the union. However, there remains a considerable difference between the union’s compensation requests and what the district’s budget can afford. We are scheduled to begin mediation Sunday, Aug. 26, with assistance from Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC).

Labor relations update 8/21/18 typewriter

Mediation to begin Sunday, Aug. 26

Today, Tuesday, Aug. 21, we were notified that the first meeting for Hockinson School District (HSD) and the Hockinson Education Association (HEA) with a mediator will take place Sunday, Aug. 26.

Why bring in a mediator?

On Wednesday, Aug. 15, there remained a considerable difference between HEA’s compensation requests and what HSD’s budget can afford. Per the request of the district, HSD and HEA jointly filed a request for a mediator from the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC). A mediator was assigned to Hockinson on Friday, Aug. 17.

Click here to visit the Labor Relations webpage.

If you have a question that has not been answered, please send it to districtcommunication@hocksd.org.

Labor relations update 8/20/18 typewriter

The document linked below provides answers to many questions our community has about Hockinson School District's budget, state funding and current labor negotiations. 

Hockinson School District Labor Relations Q&A

If you have a question that has not been answered, please send it to districtcommunication@hocksd.org

Click here to visit the Labor Relations webpage.

Labor Relations Update 8/16/18 typewriter

Greetings from Hockinson School District.

Our district has been in contract negotiations with its two unions over the past few months.

As of Aug. 16, 2018, the district and the Hockinson Education Association (HEA)—teachers union—have negotiated tentative agreements for 23 changes requested by the union.

However, at the Aug. 15 meeting of HEA and district negotiators, there remained a considerable difference between the union’s compensation requests and what the district’s budget can afford.

New Online Facility Request Hockinson Middle School Outside

Hockinson School District is pleased to announce a new online facility request and rental system designed to provide a positive user experience for all.  

Proof of Vaccination for 2018-2019 Medical equipment

Washington State Law requires that all children attending a licensed child care or school must provide proof of vaccination prior to entering school. Parents/guardians can meet this requirement by completing and returning the State of Washington Certificate of Immunization Status form, this form shows their child has received the required vaccinations (or has immunity from previous illness). Parents can also print a copy of their child's immunization record directly from the WA Immunization Registry. This form and instructions can be found at https://www.doh.wa.gov

School Hours

First Day of School
September 6, 2017

Office Hours
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

School Hours
8:50 am - 3:20 pm
1-hour early release every Wednesday

Please visit our School Info page to find forms, school supply lists and more!


Thanks for visiting Hockinson Middle School

"Preparing All Students for Lifelong Success"
Our vision is to inspire all to live with strong core values, to become competent, responsible learners, Independent thinkers, and positive contributors to our changing world.
Main Office: 360-448-6440
Attendance: 360-448-6441
Fax: 360-448-6449

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Academic Progress Attendance School-wide Information
Grades Online Payments (i.e. Lunch) Student Handbook
Syllabus   School-wide Links 
Calendar of Major Due Dates for your Students   School-wide Calendar of Events
2017-2018 Homework Club

8:00 - 8:45   Tues, Wed, Thurs
2:20 - 3:20   Wed
3:20 - 4:20   Mon, Tues, Thurs

CONGRATULATIONS to our 40 Book Challenge award winners!

6th Grade:  Connor G., Annaka N., Averie K., Rebecca S., Lillian C., Celia R., Nicholas J., Annabelle M., Ashley S., Ava G., Alex H., Lauren T., Sophia S., Isaiah T., Beckett A., Sofia L., Annaka V., Elsa G., Paeten T., Ryan H., Andrew M., Delaney R., Ellie O., Emma T., 
Austin S., Timothy T.
7th Grade: Olivia A., Kaylen D., Linnea G., Olivia H., Cedric H., Mei-Ling H., Milan M., Ella M., Jackson S., Sofia S., Avery V., Abby W., Ryann G., Alisha L., Emmerson R., Casey J., 
Nicole W., Parker D., Maksim T.
8th Grade:  Annabella H., Clara B., Rebecca T., Daniel F., Adisynne S., Taylor S., Ashley K., Riley H., Anna M.

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony 

We'd like to invite all 8th grade families to join us for our
8th Grade Promotion Ceremony 
June 21st 
6:00 PM 
in the new 
Middle School Gym

There will be light refreshments in the commons area immediately following for parents and students to visit and take pictures. Students will need to be at school in the small gym at 5:30 to prepare for the event.